Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
India's extreme heat wave, in pictures
Telegraph: Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of India in an extreme heat wave. Lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.
New U.S. Clean Water Rule Clarifies Stream Protections
Environment News Service: One in three Americans, about 117 million people, get their drinking water from streams that lacked clear protection before a new Clean Water Rule issued Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Protection for many U.S. streams and wetlands has been confusing, complex, and time-consuming as the result of two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and in 2006.
The new rule is intended to provide clarity on protections for these smaller water bodies...
Texas floods reveal climate change irony
Town Talk: From devastating droughts to flash floods, it seems that Texas can't get a break from extreme weather associated with climate change. Emerging recently from a multiyear record-breaking drought, with reservoirs at near record lows, now the state is suffering from flooding and record precipitation. We are entering a new normal. Texas is definitely being messed with. Texas is witnessing an increase in extreme high temperatures. That means more hot days and heat waves, which make illness, death and...
Freedom and liberty should not be red flags for climate science denial, but they are
Guardian: You can play one of those fun bingo games with anyone that reckons climate change science is all bunk, is a conspiracy or can be easily ignored and pushed down the list of priorities.
Here?s what you do.
First you need to wait until time you?re about to read an opinion column or listen to a speech from one of the usual suspects (good candidates include Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott?s business advisor Maurice Newman or anyone speaking at an event for a ?free market? think tank anywhere...
Dozens of Canada's tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows
Guardian: Oil companies have frozen dozens of projects in Canada?s tar sands, amid falling prices and a rising tide of protest against one of the world?s most polluting fossil fuels.
Some 39 projects containing 13bn barrels of oil are currently delayed or on hold, according to analysis by the campaign group Oil Change International published on Friday. The projects ? a combination of open-cast mines and drilling ? would pump 7.8bn tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere if they went ahead, the equivalent emissions...
Poor nations waiting for deal on climate, says French minister
Guardian: Developing countries are ?waiting to see? what rich nations will offer them in global warming talks, the French minister of environment has said, ahead of crunch negotiations to be hosted in Paris later this year.
Ségolène Royal, the environment minister and former presidential candidate, will play a leading role in the United Nations conference in December as the French government is working to produce a new ?Paris protocol? that would determine the future of global action on climate change for...
Obama?s storm warning: Climate change make hurricanes more powerful and destructive
Salon: President Obama headed down to Miami Thursday, where he visited the National Hurricane Center, did some science and issued a stern warning about the risks climate change poses - to the low-lying coastal city, especially.
?The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful," Obama said, according to the Hill. "When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that?s a recipe for more devastating floods."
Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16
Reuters: Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. Thunderstorms pelted large parts of the affected region.
The city of...